It’s funny how much can change in a year.
I’ve experienced that change here at VOX since Jan. 22, 2013, the day I arrived as our new executive director.
I’ve watched as teens graduated and left for college, as our Board of Directors gained new teen members and as our teens have won scholarships, awards and the respect of their teen and adult peers as they grow as leaders in front of our eyes.
We’ve created new events, like our Homecoming Dance & Awards Dinner, new programs, like Art Club, new partnerships with companies like MailChimp, and we’re creating a new strategic plan that will chart the path for VOX’s next five years.
VOX has changed in amazing ways in the past year, and so have I, but there’s one very central thing that hasn’t changed since I introduced myself to you on this blog a year ago.
In August, VOX teens hosted two groups of peers from Kate's Club, a local nonprofit that empowers children and teens after the death of a parent or sibling.
At VOX, teens from Kate's Club participated in self-expression workshops, where VOX teens facilitated writing and art portions so that the teens experiencing grief could have an outlet to express themselves. Some of their written work will be up on our blog next week to bring awareness to Chlid Grief Awareness Month (penned "Blue November"), but today, we're sharing their artistic work and a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the workshops, in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day.
Click here to access the photo gallery and check out all the photos, and for more about Kate's Club and their programming, visit their website here.
VOX Teen Communications celebrated its 20th anniversary Homecoming Week with trivia, tiaras and tributes honoring two decades of raising teen voices across metro Atlanta. The week kicked off with Journalism Trivia Night hosted by the news savvy teens in our INC Journalism Club. Senior Cole Sullivan played emcee and managed to stump even the veteran journalists in the room, including Georgia Trend editor in chief Susan Percy and WXIA 11 Alive’s Evelyn Mims and Meoshie Batiste with his Journalists Who Got It Wrong! category, created especially for the evening (for the record, the full name of the disgraced Washington Post reporter who had to give back a Pulitzer after admitting she made up the story “Jimmy’s World” was Janet Cooke).
On Wednesday night, VOX’s Girls Group and Guys Group teamed up to co-host the illuminating and educational Boy-Girl Dialogue. Among the topics tackled? How to avoid being “friend zoned” ...